Bridges to a Better Government: Live from the Tri-Cities… Live from the Tri-Cities… Greetings from Olympia! We are now one-quarter of the way through the 2015 legislative session. This week we spent time both in committees hearing testimony on legislation and on the Senate floor voting on bills. We also held a work session this week in the Senate... Read More...
Senate work session examines importance of STEM education   Delta High School students among those testifying via ground-breaking technology live from Columbia Basin College     A work session held this morning by the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee examined the importance of having a skilled and well-educated workforce and took an in-depth look at the role of science,... Read More...
Brown measures to expand use of nuclear power clear Senate energy committee Today the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee approved a package of bills aimed at encouraging and expanding the use of nuclear power as part of the state’s carbon-reduction strategies. Sen. Sharon Brown, a member of the committee and the Legislature’s leading advocate for nuclear power, introduced the four measures,... Read More...
Senate panel considers Brown bills to modernize renewable energy mandate Measures would include ‘incremental’ hydro and nuclear power The public weighed in today on three bills sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown, which would expand the options for utilities seeking to meet the state’s clean-energy mandates. “It’s really important that as we look at energy going forward, we take an all-of-the-above... Read More...
Bridges to a Better Government: 2015 session is underway! Thank you for reading my e-newsletter! I’ll be sending out new editions periodically as the 2015 legislative session progresses. I had to take a break from legislative communication due to election-year restrictions, but now I’m able to update you on some of the work I have been doing here in... Read More...
Panel hears support for trio of Brown bills to encourage job growth Measures would expedite permitting and help create new manufacturing and construction jobs  Sen. Sharon Brown, chair of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee, has made attracting and retaining employers in Washington and helping them create new jobs her top priority since coming to the Senate. Today, three of her... Read More...
Senate work session examines economic impact of slowdown at ports A joint work session held this morning by the Senate Trade and Economic Development and Commerce and Labor committees took a detailed look at the reduction of trade volume at 28 West Coast ports that is crippling Washington’s agricultural community and other trade-dependent businesses. “Washington ports have been losing market... Read More...
Senate majority selects Brown to chair economic-development committee 8th District lawmaker also tapped for three key committees, including budget-writing Ways & Means Members of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus have selected Sen. Sharon Brown to chair the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee. “I am very honored to have been chosen by my colleagues to take on this... Read More...